Edit Animal Action

Watch this video to get a brief overview of the Edit Animal action. The text below goes into more detail.

The Edit Animal is used to edit basic information about an animal, often to correct mistakes. If you can use another action to make the change, it is preferred to do that. For example, if you are recording a death it is better to use the Record Death action instead of using the Edit Animal action and directly changing the death fields. Technically both can lead to the same result, but the Record Death action also sets the status, breeding pool exit fields, herd removal fields, and creates a CCIA event. If you recorded the death manually using the Edit Animal action, you would need to remember to make these additional changes manually.

Starting the Action

This action can be used on both computers and mobile devices. To learn how to start an action, please see Actions.

First, find and select the animal in the animal list. Then you can start this action. If will only be available if exactly one animal is selected.

On mobile devices, the Edit Animal action is found under the Animal tool bar item.

Action Fields

All of this action's fields are listed below. If any are required to have a value, that is noted. If there is any special information about the field that you need to know for this action, it is also noted. More general information about all of the fields can be found in the Field Descriptions topic.

  • Identification.
    • Tag. Required.
    • This section may have other identification fields, depending on what optional fields you've set up in the Ranch Settings window. If there are additional fields, they can be used or left blank.
    • Main Photo.
  • Status.
    • Status. Required.
    • Gender.
    • Classification.
    • Purpose.
    • Breeding Stage.
  • Attributes.
    • Color.
    • Breed. If you change the dam or sire, the breed will automatically be recalculated based on the breed composition of the dam and sire. You can also change it manually.
    • Horn Status.
    • Dehorn Date.
    • Castrate Date.
    • Branding Date.
  • Arrival.
    • Arrival Date.
    • Arrival Weight.
    • Arrival Type. Required.
    • Raised At.
    • Purchased From.
    • Purchase Price (per Head).
    • Arrival Note.
  • Birth.
    • Dam. You can change the dam by clicking the ... button on the computer or tapping the field on a mobile device. You can then choose or remove the dam. If there is a dam, you can use the i button to view her history. Be aware that changing the dam will cause Herdly to recalculate the animal's breed composition.
    • Foster Dam. You can change the foster dam by clicking the ... button on the computer or tapping the field on a mobile device. You can then choose or remove the foster dam. If there is a foster dam, you can use the i button to view her history.
    • Sire(s).  You can change the sire by clicking the ... button on the computer or tapping the field on a mobile device. You can then choose or remove the sire. If there is a sire, you can use the i button to view his history. Be aware that changing the sire will cause Herdly to recalculate the animal's breed composition. If you aren't sure exactly which bull is the sire, but you know it is one of several bulls, you can select each of them to form a sire group.
    • Birth Date.
    • Date Type.
    • Birth Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Birth Type. Required. If this is changed, some removal and death information may automatically be updated, but only if those values haven't ever been manually entered. The animal status will also update if it needs to be Dead. Be careful, though, and make sure other fields in this action are still correct after changing this field.
    • Calving Ease Score.
    • Calving Assist Reason.
    • Vigor Score.
    • Birth Location.
    • Calving Year.
    • Calving Season.
    • Calving Note.
    • Calving Photo.
  • Weaning. It is better to use the New Weaning action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Wean Date.
    • Wean Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Creep Fed Days.
    • Wean Note.
    • Wean Photo.
  • Yearling. It is better to use the New Yearling action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Weigh Date.
    • Yearling Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Yearling Note.
    • Yearling Photo.
  • Breeding Pool. It is better to use the Add To Breeding Pool or Remove From Breeding Pool action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Entry Date.
    • Entry Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Exit Date.
    • Exit Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Exit Reason.
  • Removal From Herd. It is better to use the Remove From Herd action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Removal Date.
    • Removal Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Removal Reason.
    • Sold To.
    • Sale Price (per Head).
    • Removal Note.
  • Death. It is better to use the Record Death action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Death Date.
    • Death Cause.
    • Found By.
    • Location.
    • Death Note.
  • Ownership.

When you have finished making your changes in the fields in this action, use the Save button to save your information.

If you are set up (in the Ranch Settings window) so that Herdly automatically creates CCIA events, Herdly will attempt to create a CCIA event in these two cases:

  1. A replaced event will be created if you just gave the animal an RFID tag and it didn't have one before.
  2. A cross reference event will be created if you just gave the animal a different RFID tag.